Anchored BoatsFWC Supports ‘Operation Dry Water’


Last year, nine people died from boating accidents related to alcohol and drug use in Florida. That represents 15 percent of the state’s fatalities for 2013.

“Alcohol and drug related boating accidents are preventable,” said Capt. Tom Shipp, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Boating and Waterways Section. “Even one death is too many.”

That is why law enforcement agencies around the state and country are participating in “Operation Dry Water” on June 27-29th.  This nationwide public education effort is designed to prevent alcohol related accidents and fatalities.  FWC officers, along with local law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard, will be on the lookout for boating under the influence violations.

A powerful public service announcement (PSA) has been released that focuses on the dangers and consequences of boating under the influence of alcohol. Watch this interview with Mark Watts about his experience following a fatal boating accident in Florida where he was operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. The boating accident resulted in the death of a 20-year-old woman and critical injuries to four others, including Mark himself. Watts is currently serving a six-year sentence in state prison.  


The FWC's Division of Law Enforcement works to provide safe and enjoyable boating for the people of Florida and its visitors through the effective and coordinated management of our waterways. We will strive to work with all stakeholders when developing rules and making statutory recommendations. We will accomplish this by incorporating sound scientific data, reasonable public input and common sense. We will work to formulate the best solutions possible without jeopardizing our natural resources or our freedoms to navigate.

FWC Facts:
Studies indicate fish-and-wildlife activities contribute more than $36 billion a year to Florida's economy.

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